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Oct 15, 2012 04:23 PM

Can anyone beat a Publix Sub?

We love to get Publix sandwiches for picnics on the beach. Fresh, made to order, with good multi grain bread. Had the idea today to try something different. Went to Williams Subs on Tyrone Blvd after reading good reviews. Can not recommend this place. The meats were not very good quality, the bread was flavorless white bread with little texture or chew. Only two cheese choices provolone or shredded mozzarella which is kind of strange. The service was friendly, but the atmosphere was rather worn and dirty. Kind of surprised it has been there for 50 years.

So, where are else can you get a good sub sandwich? Not Cubans or Banh Mi, but just a good cold cut sandwich on good bread.

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  1. Not sure where you live, but I'll take a Jersey Mike's #13 (Original Italian sub) over a similar Italian sub from Publix. I grew up eating Publix subs, but Jersey Mike's makes the best Italian hoagie-style sub I've had outside of my one trip to Philly.

    Their chipotle cheesesteak is excellent as well (as good as the cheesesteak I had in Philly, if not better), but Publix doesn't make a cheesesteak for purposes of comparison.

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      I live in Gulfport so a place between here and the beaches would be best. I have not tried Jersey Mike's because I thought it was a chain, something which I try to avoid. I do think Publix makes cheesesteaks now, but I've never ordered one.

      On the subject of Philly one of the best sandwiches I ever had was at DiNics in the Reading Terminal Market if you get back up there. Roast Beef, broccoli rabe, and provolone...better than any "cheesesteak"!

      1. re: floridaeater

        Jersey Mike's is a chain, but let's face it -- so is Publix. Definitely give it a try some time, especially the Original Italian.

        And I went to the Reading Terminal Market TWICE during my one trip to Philly. Tried DiNic's roast pork sub with provolone and sweet and hot peppers (didn't know about the broccoli rabe at the time) and an Italian hoagie from Salumeria, which are two of my all-time top sandwiches.

        1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

          I'm with Lou

          I like the Jersey Mike's roast beef better. They make it on premises and it's very tender. Publix uses boars head meats which I also like.

          You can go back and forth comparing though. Publix has a better selection of sub rolls while JM only carries white and wheat.

          Both are good but sometimes I'm just in the mood for one and not the other.

    2. A buddy of mine graduated from FSU and moved to Atlanta, said he needed to live near a Publix or on the way to/from work, because of their subs...

      1. Try the subs at Mazzaro's in St. Pete.

          1. re: byrd

            +1 on Felice. Easily at the top of my list. But again, not convenient to get to being in Palm Harbor.

          2. Don't think we have Jersey Mike's in Pinellas County, I've seen them in S. Florida.

            If I don't get Publix I usually get sandwiches from Panera.

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            1. re: redfish62

              Yes we do have them. I know of one on Roosevelt Blvd in St. Pete and another one on Tampa Rd. in Oldsmar

              1. re: redfish62

                You may have a Wawa near you. This is an old standby Philly chain that has decent hoagies.

                1. re: sal_acid

                  We're starting to get Wawa in Orlando, and I already love their Italian hoagies. I like that they offer four kinds of peppers: hot (banana), sweet, roasted red, and typical pickled sliced jalapenos.

                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                    There are two locations of Wawa going up in Pinellas Park.

                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                      Wawa is a wonderful thing. Not the best hoagies, but a darn good baseline. Their cheesesteaks are terrible. Meatball sandwiches are pretty good.

                      Jalapenos are foreign to a Philly hoagie. Hot banana, sweet and roasted are legal. The bread is critical. I'd imagine that Wawa contracts with a local bakery to do it right. Amoroso's rolls density or crust. Their exalted rep is all advertising and is undeserved.

                      1. re: sal_acid

                        "Amoroso's rolls density or crust. Their exalted rep is all advertising and is undeserved."

                        --- said no one, ever....

                          1. re: Mild Bill

                            Oh really? Got the real stuff down in Fla, do you? The Amoroso's supermarket rolls are soft insubstantial stuff. Great shelf life, bad hoagie roll. More like a kaiser roll. A real Philly Italian bakery roll like a Liscio's, Serpe's etc is vastly different. You can disagree but you'd be wrong.

                            1. re: sal_acid

                              who cares how they do it in Philly? i'll take my philly on Cuban bread.

                              1. re: andy huse

                                Well put Andy...

                                A pressed Cuban loaf at that.

                            2. re: Mild Bill

                              Thank you Bill for the perfect response. Much like Gonnella rolls for Italian Beef in Chicago, there's a good reason why Philly loves Amoroso.

                              1. re: jeff6806

                                An advertising slogan. But have it your way. You know more than we do up here.

                          2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                            I LOVE Wawa. I grew up with Wawa and love most of the stuff I get there. +1 for great hoagies, chicken sandwiches (bbq sauce, provolone, honey mustard, lettuce, tomato - toasted) and the soft pretzels are addictive (they are usually somewhat cold and soggy but for some reason I crave them). They used to only come in packs of 2 and I would have to give away the 2nd one to prevent me from eating it.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              I spent all my junior high and high school days outside of Philly. Spent a lot of time at Wawa's,, but I never remember buying too many hoagies there. Obviously Wawa's have changed a lot since those days, since I see the ones they're building down here are 30+ gas pump megamarts. Most of the Wawa's I Wawa's I went to up there didn't even sell gas and were little tiny places smaller than or the same size of most 7-11's down here.

                              I do agree that it is difficult to find a good sandwich down here. I don't call them hoagies here, because they are normally totaly different......and finding sweet peppers is next to one knows what you're talking about....they all say "We have banana peppers"!

                              1. re: kempshark

                                I know, I was stunned to see sweet peppers as an option, along with the roasted red peppers (both a refreshing change from the banana peppers and jalapenos every other sub chain offers).

                                They're building two Wawas near my job, including one I'll pass twice a day on my way there and back. I can't wait!

                                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                  Yeah, I started eating good hoagies (and cheesesteaks) about 32 years ago when we first moved up there. There used to be a place out by MacDill (over on or near Bayshore) that had hoagies similiar to up north....think the guy was from Jersey. I can't remember the name of the place and don't know if its still there. Last time I was there was probably around 1990 or so.

                                  Was just looking around online and think I may have been thinking of Chubby's. Was very good back in the late 80's to early 90's, but I guess it has changed owners twice since then.....looks like mixed reviews now.

                            2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                              I do like the extra options and the sandwich is pretty good I put it up there, not sure I like it over Publix or Jersey Mikes though. I need to try it a few more times.